Bought this car brand new in December
of 1997. Car has run well and has
133,000 miles and still runs fine.
The drivers side door handle broke at
about 90K, and the windows fog very
easily. The inserts for closing the
door on both rear doors pop out
often. Mechanically it has held up
very well. Change the oil every 3,000
and other maintainance as needed.
Overall I am very pleased.
5 speed manual transmission & peppy
little 4 cyl engine.
I bought the car new. I had a problem
with the overflow leaking. I think
that it was the dealers b.s. though.
Their has always been a problem when I
fill the gas tank; it puts out a strong
gas odor. I have brought it in and of
course they don't know what it is. I
have had 4/5 new gas caps. I too have
a problem with the door handle. The car
has been from NY to FL a
dozen times and to GA a few too. I
have another car now; (due to a growing
family, it doesn't hold more than 2 car
seats) but the elantra still bails me
out in any snow storm. Or any other
time I need it and is now driven on a
more part time basis by my other half.
A great car in it's class. It is great
in the snow. It got hit in the front
corner by a suv and did more damage to
the suv. No injury to me.
The cup holder is in a bad place. The
door handle needs better construction.
This is my 1st car right after college.
I have driven the hell out of it
(93,400 mi). I have lots of money to
buy a new car but don't because this
baby has never given me any real
problems. Past problems have been a
cracked gasket, broken door hinge, and
the CD player laser sometimes messed
up. Just now I broke my inside door
handle and a fuse keeps blowing so I
can't shift out of park (but you can
override that). All these things are
minor. I replace brakes every 40k mi.
Gas mileage is between 25-29 mpg.
Yearly maintenance/repair costs (for
everything) are approx $500. Can't go
wrong there! I saved lots of money w/
Comfortable car, stereo speakers,
REALLY peppy engine for a 4 cyl.
I bought this car back in Apr of 02 and
it seemed like a good deal for the
price. Everything worked great at first
but then I started having some
problems. First I had to replace the
water pump in Jun-02, then a few months
later I had to replace the radiator
because the original one leaked in
about 4 different places. For about the
next 7 months I had no problems so I
was thinking that everything would be
ok, but then in Apr-03 one of the
radiator fans went out. About 3 months
later the AC stopped working because of
a leak in one of the hoses. The AC
worked for about month and now it has
stopped working again. There is leak
somewhere else in the AC system.
They should build these cars more
reliable. I would never buy another
Hyundai and would advise anyone out
there not to buy one.